Seeds of Peace: Contemplation and Non-Violence

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William Shannon offers hope and answers to all of us who want peace in our personal lives, our relationships, and the world in which we live. He calls us to new and exciting experiences that far surpass the kind of life that is possible at the level of just the superficial. He shows us how a contemplative life, which enables us to experience our oneness with God and in God with one another, inevitably leads to a lifestyle of non-violence and unconditional love. These ideas are the seeds of a peaceful life. It is ...
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Overview

William Shannon offers hope and answers to all of us who want peace in our personal lives, our relationships, and the world in which we live. He calls us to new and exciting experiences that far surpass the kind of life that is possible at the level of just the superficial. He shows us how a contemplative life, which enables us to experience our oneness with God and in God with one another, inevitably leads to a lifestyle of non-violence and unconditional love. These ideas are the seeds of a peaceful life. It is William Shannon's gift that he can help us to achieve it.
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Steve Schroeder
Though this is not a book about Thomas Merton, it is so thoroughly informed by Merton's thought that it reads like a commentary. Shannon maintains that nonviolence (understood as unconditional love) is inextricably connected with contemplation and that both are inextricably connected with the Christian gospel. That argument, in the mainstream of Roman Catholic thinking about peace since Merton, is relevant well beyond the boundaries of Roman Catholicism. Readers familiar with Merton will gain greater insight from an encounter with Shannon; readers not familiar with Merton may be moved to read him. Either way, Shannon's book fulfills the promise of its title: it is not a blueprint but a collection of reflections scattered as seeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824515577
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Keeping Things in Perspective 1
Ch. 1 Thomas Merton and the Reshaping of American Catholic Spirituality 19
Ch. 2 Who Is the God of Contemplative Spirituality? 26
Ch. 3 The Presence of God 38
Ch. 4 Awareness of God's Presence 48
Ch. 5 Silence, Solitude, Quiet Time 68
Ch. 6 Why Can't I Experience God? 81
Ch. 7 Violence and the Different Ways of Dealing with It 93
Ch. 8 Nonviolence: A New Level of Human Consciousness 105
Ch. 9 Nonviolence and the New Testament 117
Ch. 10 A History of Christian Attitudes toward War 133
Ch. 11 Is Nonviolence a Viable Possibility? 149
Ch. 12 Nonviolence and St. Paul's Hymn to Love 164
Epilogue: The Beginning of Reality 171
Appendix: New Testament Readings on Peace 176
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